It Pays to Clean Gutters in the Spring

Usually you think about your gutters in fall. But plenty of debris can accumulate there in the six months since you last cleaned them. It’s easy to miss leaves from trees that don’t go bare until late fall. They’re probably still up there. Storm-blown sticks aren’t going anywhere by themselves. Many trees drop spring buds [...]

2018-04-05T10:45:34+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Doctors Debate Value of Chemotherapy

The breast cancer trifecta was once indisputable: Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy. This combination has led to great numbers of cancer survivors, but is it all necessary? According to a 2015 paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a study of more than 10,000 women found very low rates of cancer recurrence in women who [...]

2018-04-05T10:40:49+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Don’t Retire…Refire!

When Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager, happened to meet up with his old friend psychologist Morton Shaevitz, they talked about how people approach getting older. Blanchard, 75, said he used the term “refire” to describe the attitude of approaching life with gusto. He and Shaevitz, 79, agreed that refire is a way [...]

2018-04-05T10:28:15+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Moneywise

Put Retirement Before Future College Funding It is more important to securely fund retirement accounts than to save heavily for a child’s college education, according to USA Today. This might sound selfish to those who think preparing their kids for the future is a nobler goal. But, in fact, it is wise. While children can [...]

2018-04-05T10:25:41+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Bacteria, Fungi Spores, Oh My!

When you are in the business of cleaning, questions often arise regarding disinfecting and sanitizing. Recent Flu epidemics and the MRSA strain of bacteria have raised concerns among people regarding how to protect from possible infection. Fortunately, antimicrobials offer protection from unseen germs and bacteria on many surfaces. There are three levels of antimicrobials that [...]

2018-03-01T15:45:06+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Grilled Beef Fajitas

Ingredients: 1 (1 oz.) package fajita seasoning mix 1 pd. boneless beef top round steak 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, cut into strips 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips 1 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 8 (8 inch) flour tortillas Salsa Directions: Prepare fajita seasoning mix [...]

2018-03-01T15:28:17+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Mortgage Interest Deduction and the New Tax Plan

A new tax plan passed by Congress in December 2017 allows taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest up to $750,000. This is lower than the previous limit of $1 million. The limit only affects new mortgages, not existing mortgages. Since the median list price of a home is $270,000, most homeowners won’t be affected by the [...]

2018-03-01T15:26:50+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Facts to Teach Your New Teen Driver

Statistics reveal that teen drivers are inexperienced, usually distracted, and impulsive. That’s every single teenager, from the A student to the wild child. That won’t come as news to the insurance industry, which charges high rates for teen drivers. But, teens might not know the dangers of their own inexperience. Parents who are teaching their [...]

2018-03-01T15:25:40+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Wellness Retreats

A spa and infrared sauna in Bali? Taichi, meditation and yoga in Portugal? In 2018, there is probably a wellness retreat that suits the way you like to relax and unwind. According to Tom Marchant, the co-founder of a travel company called Black Tomato, in an interview with CNN journalist, Nora Zelevansky, there has been [...]

2018-03-01T15:24:15+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

Moneywise

Annoying chip readers Swiping a credit card just seems so much more efficient than sticking the card into a terminal and waiting. And waiting. But the chip cards are actually more secure, credit companies say. The chip cards attempt to prevent fraud by generating a unique code for every transaction that can only be used [...]

2018-03-01T15:21:51+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Newsletter Articles|

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